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  • To develop digital health prototypes using participatory design, including context-aware mobile applications and artificial and virtual reality technologies
  • To offer interdisciplinary learning experiences for students, including interaction with patients and caregivers and technology skills development
  • To conduct design research to gain insights related to working with technology within the context of health

Faculty Leadership
Nancy Benovich Gilby, BSE, MSE, Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, U-M School of Information
Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, Robert P. Kelch Research Professor of Pediatrics, U-M Medical School
Mark Newman, PhD, Associate Professor, U-M School of Information

Community Partner
Nate Aschenbach, Co-Founder & CEO, GameStart School

Staff Partners
Jamie Saville, Ashley Garrity & Jacob Dwyer

Student Partner
Ann Duong, U-M School of Information

Advisory Board
The Co+Lab also works with an interdisciplinary advisory board which includes partners from across the University of Michigan and executives from Lenovo.


The Co+Lab holds monthly hands-on workshops and weekly office hours to provide education focused on the development of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), context-aware mobile technology applications, and patient-centered design.

Show, Tell & Try AR/VR Workshop
Get your hands on and experiment with the latest AR/VR technologies, including the Lenovo Phab2Pro, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Learn about exciting opportunities using this technology from experts!

Friday, March 24th
1:30 - 3:30 PM
UMSI Engagement Center
777 N. University St. (above Panera)
RSVP here!

Summer Fellowships

Deadline: March 10, 2017 at 11:59pm EST

The Lenovo + HealthDesignBy.Us Innovation Co+Lab is excited to sponsor summer fellowships for innovators interested in working on projects focused on health, design, and technology.  An emphasis, but not a requirement, is on projects that use mobile technology and sensors including AR/VR.

For 2017, we are looking for student innovators with particular development and design skills to work on existing projects/ideas, as well as student innovators who have their own patient-centered project/idea. Projects using mobile sensors and AR/VR technology are encouraged, but other well-planned, patient-centered projects will be considered.

Fellowships include a $3,000 living stipend (paid in monthly $1k installments) to spend 3 months in Ann Arbor this summer. The commitment will be to work at least 24 hours per week. All projects will work in a strict Agile/Extreme Programming (XP) framework with sprints, standups, and end of sprint demos guided by a certified Agile Scrum master. If you don't know what this is, we will teach you!

Click here to see an example of how you could make an immediate impact on children at Mott Hospital with AR/VR content!

In addition to the stipend, the fellowship includes: 

  • Daily one-on-one mentoring
  • Access to AR/VR technology including the Lenovo Phab2Pro - the first Google Tango phone, Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift
  • Training in programming for AR/VR technologies
  • Training in real world, agile software development methodologies, including the Scrum framework
  • Access to mentors and experts from Lenovo, Michigan Medicine, high-tech entrepreneurs, and game development
  • Centrally located collaborative workspace with unlimited coffee and popcorn
  • Access to patient audience for product testing/user testing
  • Membership to the maker health community on campus


  • U-M students (U-M Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn), Washtenaw Community College students, recent graduates
  • Required minimum of 24 hours of work per week in the Co+Lab space or at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
  • Interest in working on a patient-centered project AND/OR some experience in programming (Unity development in C#) to apply to existing projects
  • Demonstrated passion for learning and making

Application Timeline:

  • The application will be open from Monday, February 20 - March, 10, 2017
  • Finalists will be notified Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Finalist interviews will be scheduled for the week of March 20, 2017
  • Final decisions will be made by Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For those not selected for summer fellowships, you are welcome to attend our AR/VR workshops and office hours throughout the summer. We plan to offer the fellowships again in the summer of 2018.

Sponsored and supported by Lenovo + HealthDesignBy.Us Innovation Co+Lab at the University of Michigan School of Information, UMSI Ehrenberg Entrepreneurship Program, GameStart School, Michigan Medicine, and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Click Here to Apply: Application Form
If you have any questions, please email Nancy Benovich Gilby at